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Friday Night Supper Program Inc

 351 Boylston Street, c/o Arlington Street Church
 Boston, MA 02116
[P] (617) 536-7050 x 22
[F] (617) 536-7051
Rachel Caldwell
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EIN 04-3238043

LAST UPDATED: 01/16/2019
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

The Mission of the Friday Night Supper Program is to serve a hot nutritious meal in a safe and dignified environment every Friday to anyone who wants one. 

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Friday Night Supper Program is to serve a hot nutritious meal in a safe and dignified environment every Friday to anyone who wants one. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2017 to Aug 31, 2018
Projected Income $91,250.00
Projected Expense $91,250.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Healthy Foods & Back to Basics Initiatives

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Mission Statement

The Mission of the Friday Night Supper Program is to serve a hot nutritious meal in a safe and dignified environment every Friday to anyone who wants one. 

Background Statement

The Friday Night Supper Program (FNSP) was co-founded in 1984 by Arlington Street Church, a Unitarian Universalist congregation, and Dignity Boston, a congregation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered Catholics. Arlington Street Church donates space and utilities for the program and Dignity Boston continues to show their support by providing volunteers. The FNSP has been an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation since 1994.

The Friday Night Supper Program is a longtime member of the network of organizations that make up our community’s continuum of emergency food services for people who are homeless and extremely low income. The FNSP benefits from strong, long-term relationships with other hunger-relief organizations, including The Greater Boston Food Bank and Project Bread. 

Since 1984, our dedicated team of volunteers has served over 7800 meals a year to disadvantaged people every Friday evening. We at the FNSP are proud to say that we have never missed one single Friday, serving on holidays and through snow, storms, and power outages since 1984. As one of our longtime volunteers proudly stated to a new recruit, “nobody has to go hungry in Boston”.

Each guest is served a nutritious three course meal consisting of soup, dinner and dessert at their table by our courteous volunteer servers. The consistency of service and thoughtful attention to detail, along with the overall nutritional value of our meals, served in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, provides a sense of security, abundance, and choice to members of our community who have limited access to very basic essentials. In addition, our Guest Clothing Closet provides clothing, shoes, toiletries and other essential items to our guests following the meal service twice per month.

Impact Statement

Our overarching goal at the Friday Night Supper Program is to make our Friday night dinner service the best that it can be in terms of nutritional value and social support for our guests and also a meaningful and rewarding experience for our volunteers. FNSP is a longtime member of the network of organizations that work to reduce hunger and homelessness in our community, and we will continue to work on solidifying local provider relationships for mutual benefit.

The Friday Night Supper Program will continue to work on implementing the following long term goals:

·   Operating a fiscally sound and sustainable food program for disadvantaged people in the Boston Metro area;

·   Delivering a nutritious, delicious, and safe dinner to our guests each and every Friday of the year;

·   Prioritizing basic guest needs such as warm socks and healthy food;

·   Continuing the “green” dinner service at FNSP to reduce waste and environmental impact;

·   Expanding communications among all constituencies through external and internal newsletters and public presentations and information sessions;

·   Increasing community outreach, visibility and advocacy around issues related to homelessness and hunger.

Needs Statement

Our ongoing need is to raise sufficient funds to sustain our weekly dinner service program. Funds are used for general operating expenses and our Healthy Foods and Back to Basics initiatives. General operating expenses include the purchase of food, kitchen and serving supplies, and basic clothing and toiletry necessities. 

At the Friday Night Supper Program, food costs have been steadily increasing for the past four years. Previously most of the 150 meals we served each week were made from what was available for free or at significantly reduced prices from the Greater Boston Food Bank. While we have seen some improvement at our local Food Bank over the past year, it does not always have sufficient quantity of fresh fruit, vegetables and meats to meet our guests’ needs, forcing us to make our purchases at retail prices. It now costs the FNSP approximately $1,538 to feed all of our guests for one night.

Our Guest Clothing Closet provides clothing, shoes, toiletries and other essential items to our guests following the meal service twice per month. In winter and summer the demand for such items is consistently great and turn over is high. In addition, most of our guests are male and many require large sizes in both clothing and shoes. For these reasons it has been a struggle for the FNSP to keep our clothing closet stocked throughout the year. While we are constantly seeking clothing donations, we frequently have to purchase underwear, socks and shoes.

CEO Statement

At FNSP, we frequently survey our guests to determine how we can improve our weekly meal service. Guest survey responses consistently report continued satisfaction with the quality of our meals and appreciation for the sense of community our guests find at the FNSP. Our most recent survey indicated that 45% of our guests have been coming to the FNSP for one to ten years and 12% have been eating at our program for more than ten years. Our guests report that they come to the FNSP for the following reasons: a warm, welcoming, friendly and positive environment; hot and nutritious food; great soup; availability of clothing; monthly menus and to go meals; commitment and generosity of volunteers; respectful and attentive staff; a safe place to meet friends and socialize. 

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

Greater Boston Region-All Neighborhoods
The FNSP serves the Back Bay and surrounding neighborhoods of Boston and is easy to reach for residents of the South End, Roxbury, downtown Boston, South Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and nearby areas. However, most of our guests walk to our dinner service from within a few blocks of our location. 

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
  2. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Soup Kitchens
  3. -

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Healthy Foods & Back to Basics Initiatives

Healthy Foods: The goal of this initiative is to increase the overall nutritional value of meals served and to make fresh vegetables and fruits available for guests. The high cost of fresh foods is a continuous challenge we face in our efforts. However, by shifting monetary resources toward this effort while developing partnerships with local bakeries and community farms to obtain fresh foods, the FNSP has been able to serve at least one fresh produce item at every meal.

Back to Basics: This initiative is based on the recognition that our guests have very basic needs that are not being met. This lesson is clear to us every Friday in the long lines at the clothing closet where the most popular requested items are socks, underwear and shoes. And in the frequent requests for second servings on milk and cookies, we are constantly reminded that a glass of milk, a cookie and a warm, dry pair of socks, are the basic comforts of home that many of our guests do not experience. 

Budget  $18,000.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Adults Homeless Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  In FY 10_11 the FNSP served 6914 guests and prepared 8976 meals. 
Program Long-Term Success  The above initiatives are part of the Friday Night Supper Program's mission which is to serve a hot nutritious meal in a safe and dignified environment to anyone who wants one.  And to provide clothing and other essential items to our guests. The long term goals of these initiatives are to improve the quality of the services we provide and to broaden our community support.



Program Success Monitored By 

Projects and activities at the Friday Night Supper Program are closely monitored and evaluated by the Board of Directors and Board committees that meet each month. In most cases, the qualitative measures of our services are derived from the regular feedback of our guests. Guests at the FNSP are provided many opportunities to communicate their needs and opinions, both in relaxed conversations every week and in written annual survey responses. Additional measures of service delivery at the FNSP, such as demographic information, quantity and nutritional make up of foods served, number of guests served etc. are collected and reported every month to the Greater Boston Food Bank, Project Bread and other government based funding organizations.

Examples of Program Success 

Reasons why our guests come to the FNSP every Friday (from our May 2011 survey):

“ This is the only meal I have on a Friday and it is the only place I can get clothes.”

"We always leave well nourished and satisfied. " They have "wonderful food assortments." "It is a really decent place to eat."

"It is a Friday night and [I have] no paycheck and I really need a dinner and [FNSP] always has a good meal with dessert." "They treat everyone with dignity and respect."

"It gives homeless men and women a place to come and eat and feel good about themselves." "The servers treat you like a person and not a number."

"I love going to FNSP, the food is delicious, the staff is wonderful and the only other meal for my wife and I is approx. 6 miles away."

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Overall goals of the Friday Night Supper Program.  

Every Friday at the FNSP we are committed to:

* Serving as much fresh food as possible with an emphasis on nutritional value to approximately 150 guests.

* Providing basic needs such as clothing and toiletries for our guests.

* Offering a sense of security, abundance, and choice to those who have limited or no access to these very basic essentials.

These are our weekly challenges. When we consistently meet the above goals we consider our program a success. 


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rachel Caldwell
CEO Term Start Sept 2016
CEO Email
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Valentina Cordero 2014 2016
Amber Pittenger 2012 2014

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Cameron Gray McDonald Kitchen Manager --


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

As Director of the FNSP  I have gained the following insights to running an effective non- profit and program: 

•It requires passion and consistent hard work, a motivation to help others, and a flexible hands-on management style.

•Constant communication between the staff, board, volunteers, the guests we serve and our supporters is important for preserving key relationships.

•Our program must continuously take a fresh look at our mission, our operations, and the environment we work in so that we can meet current challenges, and identify and seize future opportunities.

•Continuity in fundraising, development and community awareness is essential to ensure successful delivery of program services.

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 200
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 1
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt
State Registration Exempt

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A


Board Chair Ms. Claire Brown
Board Chair Company Affiliation USDA
Board Chair Term Aug 2017 - Sept 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Louis Atallah Philips Research Voting
Julie Battisti Bay Cove Human Services Voting
Claire Brown USDA Jean Mayor Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University. Voting
Jill Corbett Lantheus Medical Imaging Voting
Regina Corrao Regina Corrao Consulting Voting
Sara Dale Clinical Social Worker Voting
Dvora Gautieri Virgin Pulse Voting
Kate Russell UMass Medical School Voting
Colln Thompson Deloitte Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 7
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Board Development / Board Orientation
  • Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
  • Finance
  • Operations

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

 In June  2012 FNSP was the proud recipient of the 2012 Nonprofit Excellence in Board Leadership Award.

In March 2012 one of our board members was awarded the Eli J. Segal Entrepreneurship Award. 

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2017 to Aug 31, 2018
Projected Income $91,250.00
Projected Expense $91,250.00
Form 990s

2016 990

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $93,258 $97,080 $96,124
Total Expenses $91,884 $105,025 $88,917

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $71,033 $91,325 $82,478
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $5,890 $5,755 $13,646
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $16,335 -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $82,894 $89,425 $82,875
Administration Expense $8,990 $15,600 $5,827
Fundraising Expense -- -- $215
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.01 0.92 1.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses 90% 85% 93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $316,031 $314,657 $322,602
Current Assets $150,366 $139,412 $138,680
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $316,031 $314,657 $322,602

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 17.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from Foundations and Corporations are listed under Individuals when the breakout was not available.  


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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